FOREIGN leaders and hundreds of supporters bade farewell to Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler former President Robert Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.
The foreign dignitaries from over ten countries from the region, continent and the world at large as well as local supporters paid their last respects at a State funeral on Saturday. Political opposition leaders were also present to pay their last respects.
Mugabe was sent off with a 21 gun salute, fly past while 95 pigeons were released in celebration of his long life and service to the nation and Africa as a whole.
Speaker after speaker praised Mugabe for his fight against colonialism in Africa as well as championing black empowerment.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa took to the podium to reassure the former first lady, Grace Mugabe that she had his government’s support.
“Allow me to thank the Former First Lady, Her Excellency, Amai Grace Mugabe and the family for looking after and caring for our Commander, during his illness, right through the end,” Mnangagwa said.
“The fortitude, commitment and love you exemplified, is admirable and should forever be emulated.
“Tinotenda, siyabonga. Be rest assured that you will continue to have my support and that of my Government in these moments of grief.”
Mugabe who was born on February 21, 1924 was ousted from government through a military intervention in November 2017. He died on September 6 at age 95 in Singapore where he was receiving medical treatment.
After a great deal of friction between government and his family over his burial, it was resolved that Mugabe would be buried in a mausoleum which will be erected a distance away from the grave of his first wife Sally Mugabe at the National Heroes acre.
After the State funeral, Mugabe’s burial has been declared a private family affair and he is set to be buried soon after the mausoleum is constructed.